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Old 01-20-2013, 10:00 AM   #1
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extended subfreezing temperatures

We are first time RV owners seeking some advice. We decided to head south with our "new to us" 2011 Sunseeker 2400 rather than deal with winterizing. We are currently enjoying sunshine in Arizona.

This winter has proven to be a record setting one for cold temperature at home, however... high temperatures have not risen above freezing for weeks and lows are dipping into negative numbers regularly. Average January temperature is like 8!

We didn't intend to head home until spring but recently discovered that we have big problems to deal with at home.... underground septic system drainage pipes at our house have frozen solid... And a leaky toilet valve resulted in upstairs flooding! In addition, our hot tub is frozen solid. First homeowners claim we've had to make...22 years in same house!

We plan to learn how to winterize our RV (or have it done) and head home this week to deal with things.... but I worry that the extreme temperatures at home may cause other damage to our RV as well. Will winterizing the plumbing take care of all vulnerable components? We hope to head south again as soon as things are cleaned up and stable...would it make more sense to leave our Rv in storage here rather than risk adding it to our cold weather damages? We are about 700 miles from home and that distance in our toad would not be very comfortable...but something we could consider.

Any other advice?

BTW- Any ideas about thawing underground drainage pipes or hottubs? I think we are going to have to wait for spring and it is a ways off yet!
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:36 AM   #2
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As long as your unit is properly winterized you should have no trouble. IE all the lines either blown out or filled with RV antifreeze, hot water heater drained, all your tanks emptied as well as LP (low point) drains opened to drain them and then reclosed before you do the RV antifreeze and rv antifreeze poured down all the drains to fill the P traps and some in the toilet bowl to keep the seal wet. Do a search on here for winterizing and you should find some good instructions as I have even posted a pdf from my dealer on winterizing a year or so ago. And not to worry about the cold. We routinely go down into the -30's here and stay there for weeks on end and never an issue.
Here is the link to my post on winterizing
HowTo Winterize an RV The Basics
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:48 AM   #3
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As long as your unit is properly winterized you should have no trouble. IE all the lines either blown out or filled with RV antifreeze, hot water heater drained, all your tanks emptied as well as LP dains done before
What do we have to do to the LP?
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:54 AM   #5
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What do we have to do to the LP?
I updated my original post to read a bit better and included the link to the winterizing pdf I posted as well.
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:00 PM   #6
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Don't know what your toad is but I would leave the RV in the south and take the toad back. I assume it would get much better mileage and since you are only planning to be back home for a short time. Also you won't subject your RV to winter salt and slop which will do it no good.
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:21 PM   #7
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Another thing we do is empty the rv of any stuff sensitive to freezing temps. I.e., any liquid products, etc. we honestly go through every storage bin, cupboard, drawer, etc. figure it's better to err on the side of caution.
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Also certain TVs and computers screens can't handle the cold. I believe those called LCD (liquid crystal display) can be damaged at severe temps but LED types are ok.
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Just to clarify. LED TV's and LCD TV's are BOTH LCD screen TV's.

The difference is LED TV's are "backlit" using LED's. Whereas old style LCD TV's use Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps. Screens are the same...lighting is different. Most modern day LCD's are rated for pretty cold temps.
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Just to clarify. LED TV's and LCD TV's are BOTH LCD screen TV's.

The difference is LED TV's are "backlit" using LED's. Whereas old style LCD TV's use Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps. Screens are the same...lighting is different. Most modern day LCD's are rated for pretty cold temps.
Gotta say seeing the phrase "old style LCD TV's" is funny!!!
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